Feminista Jones spearheaded the National Moment of Silence vigils taking place around the country, which she makes clear are separate and apart from Anonymous’s call for a “National Day of Rage.”
“To have Anonymous come along and say let’s turn this peaceful moment into a day of rage is highly problematic,” said @FeministaJones. “The last thing we need is for police around America showing up because they anticipate Anonymous hackers showing up with their Guy Fawkes masks,” she said.
Read more in Feminista’s Feministing interview:
It started this past Sunday afternoon. I just tweeted my thoughts out loud about how we should have a national moment of silence and how we should come together as a nation. I said, “Now who among you are willing to step up in your cities and make this happen?” Immediately, I had people from Detroit, from Chicago, Philadelphia, DC, come up and say, “I’ll do it, I’ll do it. I’m willing to organize.” As more and more people joined, I gave people some guidelines. I put out an request for someone to design a logo and a young woman stepped up and did it. I asked people to create a Facebook event page, identify the location where you’ll be, and to make a vigil — not a rally or a protest because you have to permits to do those. Some areas actually did get permits because they are doing actions near their State building. Most vigils are happening in open parks where you can assemble, so we wanted people to be consistent with that message. So that there would be uniformity. So we have been compiling all of this information.
So far, over 100 vigils are scheduled to take place around the country starting at 7:00 p.m EST. Read details here.
Anonymous, meanwhile released a Youtube video, with the following information:
To all who are reading this,
We are Anonymous.
We call upon the citizens of the United States to rise up and stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson. They are currently fighting for their right to peacefully protest. The media will have you believe that these protesters are looters and criminals. This is certainly not the case. As we’ve seen tonight with our own eyes, the police began preemptively striking the protesters with tear gas, rubber bullets, and flash bangs. We’ve seen journalists assaulted and arrested, targeted by tear gas and rubber bullets, and told to turn off their cameras and move away or be subject to arrest. We witnessed as police threatened demonstrators to DISPERSE AND RETURN TO THEIR HOMES, and then firing tear gas in people’s own yards.
We cannot sit still and watch this happen. It is our time to get off our chairs, turn off the TV, and make ourselves heard. Let us all stand in solidarity with Mike Brown, the people of Ferguson, and every single person that was brutalized, and brutally murdered by so-called authorities.
Anonymous plans to assist with protests by leaving our keyboards and going on the ground with the people. Our collective will join those who demonstrate on the streets.
***DAY OF RAGE, AUGUST 14TH 2014***
CITIES (Hours correspond with local time for each city):
CHICAGO – 6:00PM (Richard J Daley Center, 50 W Washington St, Chicago, Illinois 60602)
DETROIT – 7:00PM (Hart Plaza, One Hart Plaza, Detroit, Michigan 48226)
NEW YORK – 7:00PM (Lower Manhattan: Union Square; Upper Manhattan: By Morningside Park entrance @ 123 Street and Morningside in Harlem; Brooklyn: Fulton Park in Bed-Stuy; Queens: Baisely Pond Park, Jamaica, New York 11436)
WASHINGTON D.C. – 7:00PM (Malcolm X Park, Washington, District of Columbia 20009)
BOSTON – 7:00PM (INSIDE BOSTON COMMON near the corner of Beacon St and Park St in front of the Massachusetts State House)
LOS ANGELES – 4:00PM (LEIMERT PLAZA PARK 4395 Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008)
NEW ORLEANS – 6:00PM (Lafayette Square, New Orleans, LA 70130)